By: Larry Brooks, @storyfix
I love this word: Epiphany.
It comes from the Greek word epiphneia, which means apparition, in reference to the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality.
The more contemporary definition, one of four contexts, is:
A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
In other words, an Epiphany is something that was right in front of us all along.
So it is when it comes to writing our stories.
It represents an opportunity, born of a recognition of the truth.
A truth that may have been holding you back because you weren’t fully acknowledging it, a truth that may propel you further and faster once you do.
When it comes to writing effective fiction, there are a handful of Epiphanies that await. And while the A-list authors you worship may or may not ascribe their success to them, or describe them in this way (as shown below) if they do, they nonetheless practice the craft of writing in context to them.
Every time, in one form or another.
So what do they know that we don’t?
While that’s perhaps a grievously black-and-white way to phrase the question, we can boil it down to a few key awarenesses, skills and belief systems – truths – that elevate stories to a consistent level of effectiveness.
But take caution, because these truths are subtle.
So subtle you might easily dismiss them, or naively believe you already align with them. If you’d prefer to wait a decade to crawl out from beneath a truckload of rejection slips to see the truth and value they represent, that’s an available option.
Or, you can inject them — force-feed them if you have to — into your conscious recognition of what creates successful fiction right now… in a world in which 990 of every 1000 stories written are not yet at that level.
That statistic in itself can and should ignite an Epiphany or two, or five… or at least clear the way for these truths to become one for you.
Here’s what successful authors understand at the very core of their writing souls:
1. They see craft, or the absence of it, in everything they read.
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